"I don't think it's xenophobic to say that there should be screening" - Sunday Paper Review

Shane was joined by Lucinda Creighton TD, Minister Leo Varadkar and Terry Prone

For today's Paper Review, Shane Coleman was joined by Health Minister Leo Varadkar, Renua leader Lucinda Creighton, and Terry Prone of the Communications Clinic.

A front page Sunday Independent poll showing that 60% of respondents think terrorists could be arriving in Ireland with refugees led to a lively debate and a lot of texts from listeners.

Deputy Creighton argued that while she'd question how these polls are conducted, and the nature of the questions", she did suggest we need to screen the some 4,000 refugees Ireland has agreed to take in (a figure 43% of respondents to the poll believed was too many).

"I don't think it's xenophobic or unreasonable to say that there should be screening," she said. "There should be a process in place to ensure that refugees are refugees, not just economic migrants.

"In a sense, there's been an attempt to silence anybody who questions the kind of complete open-door policy. I think it has to be open-door, but it has to involve screening," she said.

However, she also added, "there's a risk that we become overtaken by the emotional" and the potential of events like the New Year's Eve attacks in Cologne to "start shutting down the debate".

The discussion moved on to the plentiful coverage of Lucinda and Leo themselves in today's papers - something likely to be the case in the weeks leading up to the General Election.

Health Minister Varadkar has said he would like to stay on in the role if Fine Gael are re-elected to Government, but wants the resources and the authority to make necessary decisions.

Minister Varadkar said he would like to stay on in the role if Fine Gael are re-elected to Government - but wants the resources and the authority to make necessary decisions.

Minister Varadkar reiterated his view that years of sustained investment will be needed to fix the Health Service, amid the continued overcrowding crisis.

However, he said he would welcome the continued challenge if he has the proper support.

"Not alone is there not any quick fix, even a whole year of planning and a year of doing the things I've outlined isn't going to be enough," he explained.

"If I'm given the opportunity I'd be happy to be reappointed - but I'd want to have both the resources and authority to make the decisions that need to be made, and that isn't always the case as a minister," he added.

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